Try the ombre lips trend for a 3D pout
It’s no longer enough to paint your pout pretty with a classic red. The rise of beauty bloggers like Huda Beauty and Kylie Jenner’s ubiquitous Lip Kits, with their creative take on make-up, has seen lips become a hot new focal point. The ombre trend – more commonly associated with two-tone hair colours - has filtered into the make-up arena. But now the spotlight is on achieving that two-tone look on your mouth. The trick to achieving the look is to strategically layer lip liner, lipstick, and powder. As well as making you look hot, two different shades of lipstick will give your pout more depth and dimension.
Maybelline spokesmodel Gigi Hadid recently sported a goth-inspired ombre look created by make-up artist Erin Parsons, who used the brand’s Color Sensational Loaded Bolds in Raging Raisin, with Wickedly White lipstick on the centre of the lips and Maybelline Master Kajal EyeLiner Pitch Black for the outer corners. Erin then blended it all to create Gigi’s red carpet-worthy pout.
However, you don’t have to be a top model to wear the ombre look. It’s easy to recreate, and maybe you’ll get more use out of your make-up stash by combining a few shades at once.
Here are our tips for achieving the ombre look:
Dab lips using your foundation brush to remove pigmentation and provide a light base.
Use a dark lip liner
Using a sharpened lip liner, outline your mouth and fill in the corners of your lips with a dark plum lip liner. The darker the better, as it will help to achieve the visibly faded effect you’re after. Try MAC Lip Pencil in Nightmoth, or NYX Cosmetics Slim Lip Pencil in Deep Purple.
Apply a bold shade
Next apply a bold fuchsia shade, like Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Whipped Blush using a small, flat lip-liner brush. Or a classic matte red like MAC’s Ruby Woo will also work well. Start by filling in the middle of the lips first so the color won't get muddied. Then press lips together maybe five to ten times to blend the two shades.
One you have both lipsticks on, go back over lip line with the lip liner pencil, touching up and deepening the coverage in the corners, and make sure everything’s blended. Finally take a little foundation and a brush and clean up the lines around the lips so they’re nice and crisp and clean. Ready for that Instagram selfie!